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At the start of week 3 my skin was looking a little bit better than it did when I first started Epiduo. By the 3rd day into week 3 all hell broke loose on my face. I think I finally got the bad part of the initial breakout. My whole face was covered in acne, a few pimples were cystic, and they took a while to come to a head. I had about 13 active pimples on my face in one day....they just appeared overnight. This made me really sad and I worried that it was not working. I wanted to give up, but I called my derm and she said it is normal for my face to get worse because it is pulling all the stuff out of my skin. I know I have to wait, but I was on retinoids up until a month and a half before I started Epiduo. I felt like crying but I decided I would stick through it and use it properly. My next appt isn't until I am at the end of week 9 so I decided to try and think positively about this treatment.

Into week 4 my skin started to clear up from the breakouts I had the previous week. My skin tone looked a little bit better but I was still breaking out everyday. Most of the dryness from the Epiduo is gone and my skin is self exfoliating less than it was. Almost all of the redness is gone as well.

Into week 5 is when I started to see the most improvenment in my skin. I am now finished with week 5 after tonight and so far my skin looks way better than it has ever looked since before I started Epiduo. My forehead is completely clear, my temples and the right side of my face are almost completely clear as well. The left side of my face is still broken out a good bit and the scarring is worse bc of the breakout before, but all in all my face looks way better. My blackheads are finally starting to go away...I can tell a big difference about them this week. It still burns a little bit when I put on the Epiduo but it goes away after 5-10 minutes.

I am not ready to go without makeup, but I can now use way less than I was originally using.

Skin Routine:

AM: Wash with Loreal Sensitive Skin Wash (I like foamy washes..haha),

Makeup: Covergirl Aquasmooth Foundation or Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation>> This one was recommended by my derm

I usually add a thin layer of Physcians Formula powder to set my makeup

PM: Equate makeup remover wipes, Wash with Loreal Sensitive Skin Wash, wait 20 min after shower to apply Epiduo

Epiduo Week 2

My experience with Epiduo is going well so far. Going into week 2 my face was really red and very sensitive to almost anything. I had to keep manually exfoliating my face with my fingers in the shower because of the peeling and how dry it became. Also it didn't matter how long I waited after washing my face, the epiduo burned after I applied it and continued to burn for about 20 minutes after application.

As far as breakouts go, my face started breaking out more in week 2. I guess it is more IB's going on. A day or two after the breakouts they would start to clear up from the epiduo.

I am still breaking out, but not as much as I usually do. My face looks much better right now than it has looked before I started the epiduo. The cystic acne has completely stopped so far and my face is only slightly red but only for a few minutes after I wash my face. Even some of the marks/scarring is fading as well. Right now my forehead is almost completely clear, my blackheads are about 80% gone, and the rest of my face is a lot clearer than it was 2 weeks ago. I really hope that by the 4th week that my skin will be completely clear.


AM: Wash with Loreal sensitive skin wash, pat skin dry and then pat with a little water (as a "moisturizer" bc I can't use actual moisturizers) on my skin before I apply makeup.

PM: Use Ponds makeup removing wipes, wash with Loreal sensitive skin wash, and then apply Epiduo before I go to bed.

I am so glad I can follow such a simple routine I have always had to do some complicated step routine to try to get my skin clear, which never worked so this is definately making me happy.

Epiduo Week 1

I just went to a new derm a week ago and she prescribed me Epiduo. Everyday I wash with Loreal sensitive skin, non-medicated wash and at night I apply a pea sized amount of Epiduo. I have Ulcerative Colitis so unfortunately I am unable to take any oral meds because of the condition of my UC.

Before I started Epiduo my entire face was broken out. There was not a even a spot on my face that was clear. I didn't have but like 2 or three cystic pimples. The rest were clogged pores, like little tiny pimples all over my forehead, cheeks, chin, and jawline. They wouldn't clear up no matter what I used and my face was really dull looking.

Being a week into Epiduo I can say that I have broken out more than I was. I had a cluster of cystic pimples appear on my left cheek, most of them are gone but there are two that are still under the skin that have not come to a head yet. My right side of my face has two cystic pimples and they are under the skin as well. This is the bad part of Epiduo so far.

The good news about using Epiduo is that almost my entire forehead is clear, my blackheads in my nose, around my nose, and on my chin are almost completely gone. Also my derm wanted my skin to peel, kind of like a sunburn and it is doing that as well.

I really hope that my skin stops breaking out and starts to clear up soon. I know these things take time but I have been on retinoids for almost a year up until a month ago when I stopped using Retin-A because of how sensitive it was making my skin. So hopefully I don't have that much gunk in my skin that Epiduo has to bring to the surface.

I am kind of bummed because I am on spring break from college right now. I am hiding in my apartment because of how bad my skin looks. I am too embarrased for my friends to see how bad my skin looks without no pool time or beach time for me this spring break. :(

So I finally decided to go to a new dermatologist last Thursday. My last one kept prescribing me stuff that either dried my skin out too much, burned it or gave me a allergic reaction. I went through loads of prescription meds and over the counter face washes. My skin is so sensitive and dry that now the only thing I use is a gentle, sensitive skin face wash. Even non-medicated moisturizers burn my skin. http:////

NEW DERM: My new derm told me stop using everything except my cleanser. She told me to stop using moisturizers because they don't prevent wrinkles and they just clog up my pores more. She also wants my skin to peel because she said my skin was dull and had lots of plugging. She said just to wash my face and then gently scrub them with my hands to make the skin "roll" off. Lol. She also prescribed me Epiduo and gave me little samples of it. I have been using it since Friday evening so I have not seen much of a difference yet (my forhead looks a little better).....I know this stuff takes time. I just started peeling/exfoliating last night and that helps my skin a lot so I am happy about that.

So far this is my routine:

AM: Wash with Loreal sensitive skin wash (It doesn't irritate my skin bc it is fragrance, soap, and oil free. I don't use the scrubby thing it comes with bc it is too harsh for my skin)

PM: Simple wipes to remove makeup, wash with Loreal sensitive skin wash, then gently exfoliate my face with my fingers.

If anyone has any advice on using Epiduo or what to expect please let me know. Thanks in advance! http:////

I will try to keep this blog updated weekly or every few weeks or so to review my progress with Epiduo. I really hope this works! Trying to stay positive..even though sometimes it depresses me.

I am just really irritated and so depressed at this point. cry.gif I have been on retinoids for 7 months now and I have not noticed a change in my acne. I have tried over the counter products, derm products including: Differin 0.3%, Avar cleanser, Clindamycin 1% Solution, Clindamycin/BP cream, Tazorac (all of them), Panoxyl 4%, and Retin-A 1% (currently on right now). I tried Clearzine pills and taking multivitamins, but since my stomach is very sensitive these things keep upsetting my stomach, and making me feel very sick. Ever since I have started my Ulcerative Colitis medication Apriso my acne has gotten out of control. I break out everyday, it can be 1-3 blemishes, up to 6 or 7. It is really embarrassing because I am the only one in my family dealing with this issue. I have a twin sister (whose skin is almost flawless)and we are constantly compared, this also plays an issue in my depression. I need help with this. I don't want to live my life as a recluse, but so far it seems like it is going to be that way until I can get this issue under control. I try to avoid staying at school as much as possible because I don't want to be around people too long. I have one late class this semester so I have to make sure I apply a shit load of makeup to last through a 3 hour class. I am also so sick of makeup, if my skin ever gets clear I am going to throw away all of my makeup products!! That is how much I hate doing makeup to cover up my skin. It is ridiculous trying to put on makeup in the morning and having to fix my hair where it covers my face so my skin looks descent enough for me to be in public. It takes too much time to do and makes me realize how hideous I look. As of right now my routine is using Simple Wipes, Cetaphil Anti-bacterial bar, Neutrogena Acne Defense Lotion, and Retin-A 1%. I just found out that I can't use Benzoyl Peroxide because I keep having an allergic reaction to it, I have very sensitive skin. If anyone has any suggestions or any help in dealing with this please please comment.


I am really frustrated at this point. Since going to the derm on July 15th 2013 I have had no results in my acne. I wouldn't consider it severe, maybe moderately severe. I break out every single day, usually one or two pimple, but sometimes it can be more than that. I also have Ulcerative Colitis so I am not able to take any forms of oral medications. I tried taking natural medications but they make me sick. So far I have been on Differin 0.3% gel, Avar (Sulfamide) Cleanser, Clindamycin 1% solution, Clindamycin 1%/B.P. 5% (I had the worst allergic reaction to this) Panoxyl 4% wash, Tazorac 0.05% gel, Tazorac 0.1% Cream, Tazorac 0.1% gel, and Retin-A. Nothing has really worked for me so far.

I was on Differin and Tazorac for three months exactly and during that time there was no change in my skin what so ever. It did not become worse and it did not become better. I did have an initial break out period with Differin because it was my first time on a retinoid. Tazorac 1% gel chemical burned my face and dried it out terribly that I just couldn't possibly use it. The Tazorac cream really didn't do anything for my skin, all of these retinoids were too greasy for my oily skin. My oiliness wasn't controlled until I started Retin-A about 3 weeks ago. So far it has dried my skin out (Simple Rich Moisturizer def helps with the dryness), it has helped with scarring because it causes my skin to exfoliate so much. As far as acne goes there is no change, my acne looks a little worse. 2 1/2 weeks into Retin-A my skin looked way better than it did since the summer time until a day later when it just broke out badly.

This is were I am really frustrated because I have been on retinoids for 6 mths. Why am I still having breakouts!!!??? Shouldn't everything be cleared out by now? I know it's not my diet because having U.Colitis prohibits me from all the sweets and fatty junk foods.

So if anyone has any suggestions as to what I can use or anything that will help me stop breaking out, that would be wonderful! Please comment below!! I am so depressed at this point and my acne has really taken a toll on my life. I was out of school for an entire month because of christmas break and I didn't hang out with my friends, I didn't feel like going anywhere. Just to get ready for the day really puts me in a mood because I have to look in the mirror to get ready. Who wants to look in mirror and see such messed up skin?? Not me!! The amount of time I have to spend on face makeup in the morning is ridiculous and I just want my life back.

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